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New York University, Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island campus is a pedestrian campus that combines traditional and modern architectural elements to reflect the University’s three identities: Abu Dhabi, New York, and the world.


The campus covers nearly 40 acres and promotes interaction between living and learning, research and teaching, and the disciplines, as well as faculty, students, and staff.


The arrangement of offices, the visibility across large areas and between indoors and outdoors, the connections between buildings so that none stand alone, the outdoor gathering spaces, and residential living are among the ways the campus’ design encourages this interaction.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts college, distinctive graduate programs, and a world center for advanced research and scholarship all fully integrated with each other and connected to NYU in New York.


The campus is located in the Marina District of Saadiyat Island and serves some 2,000 students. Saadiyat Island also will host other major intellectual and cultural institutions, such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim, the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, and the Performing Arts Centre.


The master plan expresses a meaningful connection between Washington Square and NYU Abu Dhabi, to create open space for gathering and circulation, to incorporate sound environmental management policy, and to lay the groundwork for excellence in architecture and design.

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